Lorne Russell Tilberg was born February 27, 1939, at Mitchell, to Russell and Florence (Nearhood) Tilberg. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1957 and South Dakota State College in 1961. On October 20, 1961, he married Karen Hemeyer at New Home Lutheran Church. They lived in Onida, Mitchell, Laurel, NE, and Belle Plaine, MN, before they returned to Mitchell and farmed for fifteen years. In 1984, they moved to Britton where he served as the Marshall County Extension Educator until his retirement in 2005, when they returned to Mitchell. He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Britton and New Home Lutheran Church in Mitchell, where he served on both church councils and actively participated in the church choirs. He volunteered as a 4-H Leader for many years before making a career in the Extension Service. Through Extension, he continued his youth outreach by leading state and national instructions for ATV Safety, as well as pioneering the Britton 4-H Shooting Sports Program. He was a member of the State and National County Agents Associations and served on the Britton School Board for many years.
He is survived by his wife Karen, five children: Lorna DeRaad and husband Alan of Sioux Falls; Douglas Tilberg of Sioux Falls; David Tilberg of Mitchell; Michelle Brandenburg and husband Curtis of Sioux Falls; Mary Chmela and husband David of Mitchell. Lorne is also survived by thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Roger Tilberg and wife Arlys of Montevideo, MN; and Darell Tilberg and wife Marileen of Onida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Jordan Martish.